What is that CE logo for?

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I have always wondered what this logo means, and being interested in graphic design, had wondered who had designed it and when. Firstly, what does it stand for? I found my answer… “the CE marking (an acronym for the French “Conformité Européenne”) certifies that a product has met EU health, safety, and environmental requirements, which ensure consumer safety.”

Well, that’s clear… and good to know that there is a standard for such things. What is more difficult to find out is when this was introduced. I have seen this logo for as long as I can remember.

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CE marking was introduced in 1985 and was designed by Arthur Eisenmenger (b. 1914), former chief graphic designer for the European Community. There is very little information about Herr Eisenmenger on the internet, so my research may need to take me further afield. I would love to hear from anyone who has some information on Arthur Eisenmenger.

What is very easy to discover, is that Arthur Eisenmenger also designed many other well known logos, from the European flag and the Euro symbol. Kate Connolly wrote for the Guardian about the controversy surrounding the Euro symbol (read the article).

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Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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